PROMISS will help understanding the interactions between malnutrition, appetite, changes in smell / taste, and physical activity among older persons living at home, and will identify older persons’ needs and preferences regarding nutrition and physical activity.
Based on this, it will develop new food concepts and food products which are adapted to older persons’ needs and preferences, and will contribute to improve the quality of care health professionals offer to older persons. It will also make sure that nutrition remains a key aspect of policies aimed to improve active and healthy ageing in Europe.
A sneak peek on what older people think
Being the target group of the PROMISS research project, older people’s views are much welcome at any stage of the process. Within the first newsletter of the project, AGE Platform Europe performed a quick survey with the support of its Italian member Solimai, gathering some insights of seniors’ preferences and attitudes towards food and protein intake at their care setting. The extract below highlights the results of such survey and calls for greater awareness of older citizens on their nutrition.
Pro55+: a friendly ally in detecting low protein intake
Thanks to the progresses in the PROMISS research, older people can now rely on a new tool for assessing their proteing intake. The ROMISS researchers set up a short food questionnaire, named the Protein Screener 55+ or Pro55+ providing with the probability for low protein intake. The Pro55+ consists of questions on weight and height, and the consumption (amount on average day or frequency in 4 weeks) of: slices of bread (number); glasses of milk (number); meat with warm meal (portion size); cheese (amount and frequency); dairy products (like yoghurt) (frequency); egg(s) (frequency); pasta/noodles (frequency); fish (frequency); and nuts/peanuts (frequency).
Validation tests proved that the Pro55+performs well in discrimination persons with a low and high protein intake. Available in English, its online version can be found at www.proteinscreener.nl.
PROMISS encourages such tool to be up-taken and used in other countries, and in other languages as well.